The Covid Squid Lottery Wire

The Covid Squid Lottery Wire

The participation of the characters in Squid Game, a popular fictional Netflix series, is voluntary. Players return to the game knowing full well the meaning of the term “eliminated.” Although the game rules are harsh, they are consistently applied, much like Omar Little’s code in HBO’s The Wire, which depicts deadly life in Baltimore for those who choose to participate in the drug “game.”

As in Shirley Jackson’s chilling short story “The Lottery,” everyone today is forced to play a type of sanguinary game involving Covid and Covid policies. The results are more insidious than those in Squid or Wire because the rules remain unclear and yet people cannot opt out, only adapt, if they can afford to.

Covid itself is a deadly disease, but that hardly makes it unique. What is new is the…

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